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Golden or a horse???

Thoughts from everyone on this would be greatly appreciated. Our girl is just over 5 months old. We go outside to play and she LOVES to eat the grass. She runs and then gets clumps of grass and dirt. At times I swear she thinks she is a horse. I know the saying about kids eating their pound of dirt but what about the pup? Should I be concerned? I actually bring her in because she gets so distracted by it when we are trying to play.

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Max does this!!!!
He started as a puppy and he would get tummy aches and would bring it all back up....usually in the house....ugh...

I'd redirect her attention. Eating dirt means eating tiny stones, roots and such. I would just draw her attention elsewhere.
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Diesel does the same thing! It drives me crazy but he has not gotten sick from it (yet). I try to redirect as well and it seems to be getting better.... He just turned 5 months today (&#128522 and the worst that has happened is I had to help him get a poop off his butt because of a piece of wood chip he ate.


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I have redirected her but she seems to go back to her favorite spots and digs away. It amazes me the she actually loves to pick up rocks still. That is the one that really scares me.

I am greatful that she has not gotten sick from it so far! Diesel happy 5 month birthday!!
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Loki is four months old today & he has been doing this for around five weeks. Dirt seems to be his favourite, but he does grass too. I talked to my vet about it & she laughed & said most puppies do it & just to make sure he doesn't start swallowing stones, as could cause blockage. She told me her own puppy had done this & had required surgery. Loki will not be distracted from doing it. When I have had enough of it, I bring him back inside & give him a chew. He has progressed to stones now, & we are forever taking them out of his mouth. So it appears to be relatively normal. Loki has never got sick from doing it ......yet.
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Vinnie has been biting up clumps of grass since the day we brought him home. He doesn't eat it, he just runs around with it. We are having a hard time breaking him of that.


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At least once a year one of my dogs will pig out on grass, with the predictable result of acute gastritis. The unwelcome product usually winds up on the family room carpet.

If you find a way to persuade a dog not to eat grass, please please please let me know!

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Bear did this for her entire life without any problems. She didn't graze on the grass, she would dig up a grass clump and eat the roots!

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If you find a way to persuade a dog not to eat grass, please please please let me know!
I agree. I think Cookie does it because it tastes good. She doesn't eat regular lawn grass, but we hike through a pasture a lot and she goes crazy for the alfalfa, especially in the spring.
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My APBT grazes like a goat... she'll walk around for an hour just munching on the long grass.

It's never made her sick so we've never tried to stop her... saves us some weed wacking.

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